Teen 5 Day Apr & Sep Cape to Cape Trek

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The Cape to Cape walk trail is 3.5 hours south of Perth and traverses 135km along the ridge and beaches of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park following the coast to endpoint Cape Leeuwin. The walk takes in amazing views of sea and landscapes, wildflowers, and the stunning Indian Ocean. The trail explores the coastal region’s natural secrets, deserted white beaches, ancient granite boulders, limestone cliffs, and secluded swimming spots.

Please note that the dates shown do not include travel to and from Perth.

As the weather is now warmer, we start a little further south at Cowaramup/Gracetown beach carpark and walk through to Cape Leeuwin, Augusta.

terms & conditions

Simply Trekking endorses and includes in all guide training child safety policies as set out in https://dukeofed.com.au/about-the-award/the-award/safeguarding/
and https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/our-work/child-safe-organisations-wa/

 

5 day trek Cape to Cape

The 135km Cape to Cape Track follows the coast from Cape Naturaliste along the beautiful Indian Ocean to Cape Leeuwin.   It passes through a few small settlements, gently winds up and down small hills, and has many sections walking on beaches.  The coastline features rocky headlands, cliff sections, karri forest and empty white sand beaches.  We walk north to south – having the sun behind us so we can see the coastline clearly and it allows us to slowly build our hiking stamina for the more challenging southern sections.

Meeting place & time:
8.00am
    31 Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough

Finish place & time:
2pm  Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta

Day one: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Yallingup   13.7 km    

We start on a sealed track and boardwalk with viewing platforms out to Sugarloaf Rock and then the track changes to limestone as we start the Cape to Cape Track properly with all its sand, lumps and up and downs. At Three Bears Surf and we take the steps leading down to the beach.  The next section is a mix of narrow path and sandy 4-wheel drive track until we reach the small settlement of Yallingup.
Food required: Lunch and morning snack  (Dinner you purchase)

 

Day two:  Yallingup to Moses Rock Camp   20.5km

From Yallingup we walk along top of the cliffs then descend to Smiths Beach for some beach walking. At the south end the track heads uphill and becomes rocky and interesting with lovely viewpoints. We pass through the surf beach Injidup to reach the small detour to Quinninup Falls which flows winter and spring. Moses Rock Campsite tucked away under the trees but it does a fabulous viewpoint for sunset.
Food required:  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, am & pm snacks

 

Day three:  Moses Rock to Ellenbrook campsite   22km

Today the track follows alongside the ocean under we descend down to cross Wilyabrup Brook. We meander down and then up again on a staircase to arrive at the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. Lunch can be bought today from Gracetown café https://www.facebook.com/graciesgeneral/
We continue along the coast until we turn inland to Ellensbrook Homestead. It is only a short distance now to our campsite beside Ellens Brook.
Food required: Breakfast,  am snack, (lunch you purchase at Gracetown café), Dinner

 

Day four: Ellensbrook to Prevelly  14km

We start inland and follow old 4wd tracks back out to the coast and then descend and cross the Margaret River mouth. At Prevelly Caravan Park we collect your food drop for coming 4 hike days. Today your lunch and dinner can be bought from Sea Garden Café, Prevelly Caravan Park or prepare your own at the camp kitchen.
Food required:  Breakfast, am snack (lunch & dinner you purchase in Prevelly)

 

Day five: Prevelly to Redgate  9.7km

From Prevelly we climb up inland up onto the escarpment but still with views over the ocean. We walk along the escarpment then drop into Boodjidup Valley on 300 log steps to the bottom to cross Boodjidup Creek.  We wander down the south side of the creek and over the dunes to the beach. Near Redgate Beach you scramble over low rocks, then a bit more beach, then more rocks until you reach the car park. Here there is a nice viewing platform with seats and composting toilets.
Food required:  Breakfast, am snack, lunch

Food drop at Gracetown:  

Include all foods required from Day 4,5

 

Your  journey experience includes:

Ultralight backpack, cover, waterproof liner, tent, gaiters, trek pole/s
7/8 days of guided hiking
Food drop at Gracetown
Caravan park camping fees
Transport (From Dunsborough to start of track)

 

CHECKLIST FOR TREK EQUIPMENT & CLOTHES

Supplied by Simply Trekking:

  • Backpack 65L Osprey ultralight adjustable backpack
  • Backpack waterproof liner
  • Tent or Sleeping Cocoon & Tarp combo
  • Gaiters supplied in spring, autumn and summer

To be supplied by participant:

  • 4 medium waterproof zip lock plastic bags to separate clothes, toiletries, food in pack
  • 1 large waterproof zip lock plastic bag – for your sleeping bag and mat
  • Sleeping bag (must be rated at or below 0°). A liner will also add warmth.
  • Sleeping mat (foam or inflatable)
  • Cup, or mug, bowl and spoon  pocketknife if needed
  • Head torch
  • 2 x 1 litre water bottles (plain, no straws )
  • Personal rubbish bag (for food, wrappers)
  • Personal first aid kit (with required medication, we recommend fixomul for blisters.
  • Personal toiletries, toothbrush, lip balm, deodorant, moisturiser (buy travel size)
  • Stove, gas, matches/lighter
  • Water purification tablets (puritabs/ aquatabs, micropure)
  • Pots lightweight – 900 or 550 ml
  • Toiletries – toilet paper, insect repellent, sunscreen

Hydrolyte Electrolytes – one sachet/tablet per day is required (available from chemist).

 

Daytime/Walking Clothing

  • Boots or sturdy shoes – worn in and comfortable (at least 2 weeks wear)
  • Socks – pair for each day & to keep the   insects off your feet at night
  • Knickers/jocks – pair for each day
  • Long trousers – loose and lightweight
  • Long-sleeved top, cotton/synthetic, or collared shirt
  • Lightweight jumper (winter and summer)
  • Sun hat (not a baseball cap as it doesn’t protect your neck & ears)
  • Lightweight rain jacket or plastic poncho (to use if it rains heavily)

 

Night change clothes

  • Warm jacket, thermal or polar fleece (winter and summer)
  • Long loose-fitting pants for camp and sleeping
  • Long sleeved loose top or t-shirt
  • Beanie, head sox or scarf, gloves if you feel the cold
  • Camp shoes e.g. lightweight sandals/crocs/thongs

Backpack with trek gear, food & water is to weigh only 20% of the participant’s body weight (please ensure that you weigh yourself then put the full backpack on and weigh again.  Calculate the difference between and if it is higher than 20% your body weight, then it is essential that items are removed until you reach only 20%)

To reach 20%, ultralight trek gear (eg sleeping bag, mattress) is available for hire

 

 

Teen Hike Preparation & Guidelines

This trek belongs to the participants:  The guides are there to facilitate and ensure that everyone is safe.   We encourage decision making by the teen group, we create opportunities for the teens to develop new skills, get physically active and experience adventure.

Hiking procedure: Each day we walk three to four hours at a leisurely pace with a stop every hour to snack, have fun and explore.  At least one day will be a challenge requiring 5 hours. We keep our participating group small so that our two guides can provide support and encouragement to each individual participant as our aim is for each to enjoy the experience as well as achieve their goals.

Hiking training: Hiking requires a reasonable level of fitness.   We suggest that you use an app on your phone and ensure that you can walk on a cycle way or other smooth surface at least 5km per hour.  We recommend training once a week prior to the trek by walking for approximately two hours.  Both the Bibbulmun and the Cape to Cape Track are undulating and have an uneven surface plus you will be carrying a backpack that weighs 20% of your body weight.   If you are able to walk at 5km per hour on a flat or smooth surface, then you should be able to hike with confidence, keep up with the group and complete the kms per day required within the 3-5 hours required.

Keeping in contact: Each family or a nominated group coordinator will receive a text each afternoon/night confirming that the group has “arrived at the campsite and all is good”.  We recommend that the teen participants keep their phones on flight mode whilst away and not be in contact with the outside world.  Teens staying offline enables greater teen group interaction and cohesion.